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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/27/2010

'Avatar' sequels official and 'Dark Knight Rises' revealed as title for next Batman movie

By Jen Chaney

"Avatar" now officially a franchise, and that "Dark Knight." He's slated to rise. (Fox/Warner Bros.)

Two big pieces of movie sequel news to share today.

Fox announced that "Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" are definitely a go and that James Cameron will focus on the pair of Na'vi sequels as his next official project, The Wrap reported. Cameron had already more or less confirmed that he plans to do the sequels -- in our conversation over the summer, he talked about how his a recent visit to Brazil might shape his narrative plans for the next "Avatar" films -- but today's news provides definitive confirmation.

It will be a while before we see them, though: the first of the two sequels won't release until December 2014, with the third movie to follow the next year. The scripts are not finished yet, but production is already slated to begin next year.

Not to be outdone, Christopher Nolan shared some news in an interview with the L.A. Times' Hero Complex blog: the next Batman movie will be titled "The Dark Knight Rises." It won't feature the Riddler, Nolan says, and -- most surprisingly -- it will not be released in 3-D, but, like "The Dark Knight," it will be shot using Imax cameras.

For those planning their movie-going schedules for the remainder of the decade, "Dark Knight Rises" is slated to land in theaters in 2012.

News of this magnitude, naturally, merits not just one but two polls. And here they are:

By Jen Chaney  | October 27, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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Avatar was basically an amusement park ride, especially in IMAX. It was pretty. It was fast. And when it was over, it was utterly unmemorable, except for the excellent effects.

It was also painfully predictable. There was no point in the movie when I couldn't tell you what would be happening 20 minutes from now.

Spare us the sequels.

Posted by: awesomecards | October 27, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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